Woodrow “Woody” Smith, 1928-2014

Rev. Woody Smith

Rev. Woody Smith

The Rev. Dr. Woodrow “Woody” Smith, 86, of Rogers, passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 in his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 16, 1928, in Hot Springs, the son of Jefferson W. and Bessie Marie McCombs Smith. An ordained United Methodist elder, Woody was “a good and faithful servant,” serving in United Methodist conferences in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. He was a member of the Bland Chapel United Methodist Church and also a Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian. Woody graduated from Southern Methodist University and Perkins School of Theology. He served as a board member for The Healing Gardens of Northwest Arkansas, Rocky Branch Fire Department, Bland Chapel United Methodist Church and Mount Eagle Christian Center.

Woody was an ecumenically-minded clergy; he received the Benemerenti Medal, an honorary medal from his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, thanking him for bringing the Catholic, Jewish and Protestant communities together in Superdome of New Orleans for worship. He built a Sioux Indian Tipi in his younger days, then spent many nights over the years camping inside with his children and grandchildren. He floated the Buffalo River repeatedly over the course of 49 years, and he loved Beaver Lake. He enjoyed traveling the world, being outdoors at his home, gardening, playing dominoes and drinking Dr Pepper. Woody wrote and published “The Twelve Who Walked Galilee.”

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Martin Smith, and one sister, Barbara Jean Jarman.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Freda Smith; four children, Cheryl Weigle of Houston, Texas; Chaplain Rev. Pamela Cicioni of Rogers; Jerry Smith of Beaver and Donnie Smith of Bella Vista; stepchildren Steve Jackson, Karen Fullen and Dr. Douglas Jackson; his brother, Stanley Smith of Dallas, Texas, and his sister, Valerie Halbach of Elk Grove, Calif.; grandchildren Matt Weigle, Erin Moore, Hannah Cicioni and Andrew Smith; step-grandchildren Maradyth McKenzie, Devon Rogers and Carly Jackson; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at Bland Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Pamela Cicioni, Dawn Spragg and Judy Rudd-Platt officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Healing Gardens of NWA (Woody’s first priority, in honor of his wife, Freda, who is a cancer survivor, and for his daughter Pamela’s vision). Other contributions may be made to the Rocky Branch Fire Department or Bland Chapel United Methodist Church.